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Named for its impressive palapa roof, La Casa Palapa is a picturesque and unique luxury villa located in a small, gated community at the north end of the San Pancho beach along Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit. Once you’ve entered through the antique, rustic front doors of La Casa Palapa, a sense of wonder and awe immediately caress your senses and you begin to anticipate the magic you will experience during your escape from everyday life in this seductive hideaway. A world of nature’s wonders and remarkable beauty await your discovery and enjoyment in this idyllic 3 bedroom plus den (which can be used as a 4th bedroom), 4 bathroom home. Note: Steep drop offs, NOT toddler friendly.
The open main living and dining areas under the palapa provide elegant comfort and breathtaking views allowing you to fully embrace the warmth and beauty of this very special location. Nestled between the ocean and the jungle every view is full of life and beauty. Whether it is the whisper of palm fronds or an unforgettable sunset, this spectacular setting will fill your heart with lasting memories. Located on a bluff, directly over the Pacific Ocean, the villa overlooks the sea, with views toward Sayulita, the San Pancho beach and President’s Point. At night the lights of Sayulita twinkle and sparkle in the distance. You will have the perfect view of any fireworks displays from San Pancho or Sayulita. They are very frequent on weekends and inspire lots of oohs and aahs when viewed from the villa. We’ve seen many of the dazzling displays from the master bedroom deck or even while in bed. During whale season (December through April), it is not uncommon to see a big splash or a spout of water from a passing pod of whales. Mesmerizing sunsets, many of them with the infamous “green flash”, are a glorious sight to enjoy at the end of the day.
Each bedroom has its own peaceful, cozy deck perfect for enjoying the view, starting the day or ending the day with a beverage, having an intimate conversation with your special someone or enjoying a favorite book. The bedrooms offer the option of air conditioning. Outdoor showers provide an exotic treat for city dwellers. While staying at this villa, you truly feel like you’ve entered another world far from the stress and strain of everyday life.
The private outdoor deck and heated infinity pool are the perfect place to unwind or relax and soak up the sun. If you would like to go to the beach, it is a short walk away and is uncrowded. We provide beach chairs and an umbrella for your use and convenience.
A poolside BBQ is available for grilling whatever you choose. Freshly caught fish is available in town daily if you want a local specialty like dorado (Mahi Mahi). The village does have amazing restaurants. We encourage our guests to explore the many fantastic choices available in town although some guests are so comfortable once settled into the villa that they would rather stay put. Arrangements can be made for our staff or another local resident to cook dinners for you if you would like that option. If you love to cook, we provide you with suggestions for grocery shopping. Let us know if you would like to have groceries delivered before your arrival for an additional fee. We do recommend the experience of shopping in the local supermarkets. There are several convenient places to stop between the airport and San Pancho.
The entire house has a state of the art water purification system, but we also provide bottled water.
Housekeeping is provided Monday through Saturday mornings.
From the moment you arrive, nature’s sounds will be your background music. Bird songs and surf will serenade your stay. Chacalacas and beautifully colored Great Kiskadees with their boisterous singing voices might tell you it’s time to get up and smell the coffee. On occasion you may witness an exchange between a squirrel and a woodpecker arguing over a treat in their favorite tree. Pelicans and frigate birds fly overhead and often at eye level or even below right next to the house and infinity pool. Curious little lizards scuttle by with a shy hello. In the fall fireflies light up the night. Each season has its wonderful bird and animal visitors flying by or dropping by to meet and greet the humans.
La Casa Palapa provides a treasure trove of subject matter for photographers. Bring lots of memory cards along with your camera. San Pancho offers a variety of outdoor adventures for enthusiasts of all levels.
Bienvenido. Welcome. Enjoy your stay. And for many of you, welcome back again! We are so happy to share our “secret” paradise with you. Mi casa es su casa.
Rates are for a maximum of 6 people. Additional people at $25/night per person.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Golf - Las Huertas Golf Club is only a half mile away. It is a beautiful 9-hole course surrounded by gardens and orchards of tropical fruit, nut, and spice trees. Open Tues. - Sat. 8am-4pm www.lashuertasgolf.com
Polo- La Patrona Polo Club *** Grand Opening of new location coming soon in 2015***You will be blown away by this incredible world-class polo venue located in a quiet fishing village. Work is progressing steadily on the amazing facility and restaurant in its new location. It will definitely be on the list of places to experience while in San Pancho. It will be the envy of polo clubs around the world.
Yoga - El Estar Yoga and Wellness Center offers classes and healing therapies. A schedule of classes as well as a menu of services can be found on-line at el-estar.org
Nature Walks and Orchids - Lo de Perla Jungle Tour (lodeperla.org) If you want to experience the local flora and fauna you can participate in a guided 2-hour jungle walk through mango orchards and native jungle plants and end up in a garden of over 500 exotic orchids.
Birding - Birding San Pancho has bilingual guides and offers tours for both beginner and advanced birders. Visit their website for more information at birdingsanpancho.com
Sea Turtles - Grupo Ecologico de la Costa Verde is a local conservation organization actively engaged in protecting and preserving endangered local sea turtles. If you would like to tour the turtle nursery or participate in a hatch release (usually summer or fall) contact www.protect-tortuga.org T-shirts are also available for sale to help support the organization and make a great souvenir.
Zip line canopy tours - If you would like a bird's eye view of the area, head over to Sayulita (5-mile drive from San Pancho) and take a zip line canopy tour. For information visit michaparrita.com
Alta Vista petroglyphs - Diva Tours in San Pancho (www.divatours.net) can arrange a tour to ancient petroglyphs. The hike takes you through the jungle, along a river, and ends up at a stunning natural location (I don't want to spoil the surprise). The petroglyphs are difficult to get to on your own so a guide is recommended for this adventure.
Tours can also be arranged for fishing, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, horseback riding, whale watching, and shopping. Tours are also available to San Blas. A real life version of Disneyland's jungle boat ride (La Tovara) is an adventure for the whole family. You'll see rare birds, turtles and crocodiles as your guided panga boat meanders through the mangrove wetlands. You can stop at a crocodile nursery and a restaurant for lunch. A swimming area with an underwater fence to keep crocs out is available with a swing to jump off into the water. Swim at your own risk.
Community - to get a real feel for the community spirit in San Pancho, visit and tour Entreamigos, a non-profit organization which benefits children. An on-site gallery and store are filled with handmade and one-of-a-kind items as well as local organic food products. It is the perfect place to inquire about local events and activities. The Dalai Lama recently visited and honored the founder. For more information visit www.entreamigos.org.mx
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: We built this home in 2005 after having another home in San Pancho. When this lot became available, we knew we had to have it. We love our home and find San Pancho to be the most delightful town we have seen in Mexico. It is a wonderful change from our other residence in Olympia, WA,
Why the Owner Chose San Francisco (San Pancho): Each pueblo has its own distinct ambiance and atmosphere. San Pancho is small and quaint. It is clean, safe, and filled with incredible restaurants. It is charming and picturesque, the local residents are warm and friendly and the beach is uncrowded.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: La Casa Palapa is the most charming and romantic villa in the area. Its unique benefits include location, sunsets, view, privacy, and outdoor living space.